What is Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s is a neurodegenerative disease that causes dementia, especially in older adults. Unlike other forms of dementia, Alzheimer’s does not affect motor functions of patients until later stages. A diagnosis is determined by ruling out all other conditions with similar symptoms and stages.

The effects of Alzheimer’s disease cannot be reversed, and it differs from other forms of dementia through the microscopic presence of both fiber tangles within nerve cells and the clustering of dying nerve endings.

The brain, when affected by Alzheimer’s disease, also produces less of the following essential chemical messengers used in neural function: acetylcholine, norepinephrine, and serotonin.

The issues that arise from it are often treatable, but there is currently no Alzheimer’s cure. Because there is no cure, it is essential to focus on the treatment of symptoms.

Additionally, it is vital to spot the signs of Alzheimer’s early enough to make a difference in the quality of life for someone who is so affected. Oftentimes, people experiencing the disease miss the signs for themselves, especially since the most prevalent symptoms are memory loss and lack of self-awareness. Early diagnosis is key. Seniors who exhibit early warning signs of the disease are more likely to be able to benefit from Alzheimer’s treatments if started as soon as possible.

Be sure to talk more about it with your practitioner, should you have any questions about Alzheimer’s treatments that may be right for you or your loved one.

Alzheimer’s Symptoms

Although there are several symptoms that accompany the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, there are some that can cause other serious health issues if not addressed early. Early Alzheimer's treatments are designed to help with symptoms like depression and anxiety.

While every patient experiences the disease differently, there are some common symptoms that many patients experience.

A few common symptoms and warning signs of Alzheimer's disease include the following:

  •  Short-term memory loss
  •  Long-term memory loss (particularly in recognizing family members and the like)
  •  Impeded task performance or cognitive performance, especially with professional skills
  •  Language issues
  •  Confusion with times or places
  •  Increased lack of inhibitions or judgment
  •  Impeded creative thinking and problem solving
  •  Misplacing items
  •  Mood swings, behavioral changes
  •  Personality changes
  •  Lack of motivation

These troubling symptoms can indicate to an observer that Alzheimers has already begun and progressed to a point, with the most severe points affecting personality, judgment, and other cognitive deficits. Recognizing these signs is the first step to getting help that is necessary for people with the disease.

How We Treat Alzheimer’s Disease

With current treatment methods, though there is no Alzheimer’s cure, the goal is to slow the onset of some of the most challenging symptoms. There are therapeutic recommendations that help seniors to manage the disease in the best way possible. These include socializing, workouts and physical therapy, a healthy diet, and a calm environment.

There are also medications for Alzheimer’s that we can suggest to help address more pervasive issues, such as severe cognitive and behavioral health concerns. We can also collaborate with families to see if CBD and Alzheimer’s interventions such as medical marijuana and Alzheimer’s cognitive therapies can work for them.

At Gagne Behavioral Health Care, we take the time to find a definite diagnosis and develop an Alzheimer’s treatment plan. We work with the patient and their family to discover what symptoms may require medication for Alzheimer’s, while the rest of the Alzheimer’s treatments we provide focus on comprehensive management of the disease.

FAQ

Is Alzheimer’s preventable?

Experts have not found proven methods of preventing the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, but research does indicate that an active, healthy lifestyle can aid in increasing the brain’s overall health.

What causes Alzheimer’s disease?

There is, at present, no scientific confirmation on what exactly causes the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. However, there are risk factors, especially those which contribute to unusual protein deposits in the brain. These risks include personal health, age, and genetic makeup.

Are there natural therapies for Alzheimer’s?

Yes. At Gagne Behavioral Health Care, we believe in finding Alzheimer’s treatments that meet an individual patient’s needs. We can discuss treatments such as CBD and Alzheimer’s interventions that follow natural treatments, such as medical marijuana and Alzheimer’s cognitive therapies.

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